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Kelly's Hollywood

Honest and raw, Kelly’s Hollywood tell the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. But as her health begins to fail and she becomes increasing jealous of his fiancée, he is forced to confront his co-dependent sibling relationship and the threat it is posing on his engagement. 

"You would be hard-pressed to find a more touching and ultimately life-affirming documentary…" Huffington Post

  • Brian Donovan
  • Brian Donovan
  • Kelly Donovan
  • Brian Donovan
  • Kelly Donovan
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • TASH 2016 National Conference -- Postive Images in Media Award
    Washington DC
    United States
    November 30, 2016
    2016 Positive Images in Media Award
  • Atlanta DOCUFEST -- Juror's Choice AWARD
    United States
    August 29, 2016
  • Three Rivers International Film Festival
    Pittsburgh, PA
    United States
    November 18, 2016
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, Texas
    United States
    November 12, 2016
  • Special Affects Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 20, 2016
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    West Coast Premiere
  • National Down Syndrome Congress 2016 Convention
    United States
    June 25, 2016
  • Sprout Film Festival -- Opening Night Film
    United States
    East Coast Premiere
    Opened the festival
Distribution Information
  • Showtime Networks
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand, Paid TV
  • S.H. Channel 8 Ltd.
    Country: Israel
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan has been a professional actor for over twenty-five years in film, television and radio. He’s worked on-screen with such luminaries as Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey and Jim Belushi. He is currently the voice of Rock Lee in the juggernaut anime hit, Naruto, and later this year he can be seen in the indie film, Somebody’s Mother. In addition, Brian has been the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Repertory Theatre since 1994, producing and directing more than 50 inner-city high school workshops and live shows. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his family and dog, Cosmo.

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Director Statement

"There’s a saying, ‘love is the only true adventure’, I would add, ‘making a movie about love is the only true adventure’. When I picked up the camera 15 years ago and started shooting my sister Kelly, I didn’t have much of an agenda. I was capturing moments in her life that intrigued and inspired me, but when those moments started to affect me more directly, I got more serious about making this film. I had a unique perspective on an intimate relationship with a disabled sibling, so intimate that my romantic relationships became increasingly complicated and constrained, leading me to this exploration on human connection, commitment and the choices in life that effect one’s fate.

Side note: When I heard that 90% of expecting parents were choosing to abort their fetus upon discovering potential disabilities through genetic testing I started to worry. I’m not here to judge and my film stays far away from the pro-life/pro-choice battle. However, growing up, my father was deaf, my sister had Down syndrome and my best friend was born with Kyphosis or in lay man’s terms, a ‘hunch back,’ and I can’t imagine my life without them. They have contributed more to humanity than almost everyone else I know combined. I felt it was important and necessary to make a film about my sister who personified to me that ‘it’s not who you are when you’re born, but who you are when you live.'